George Hugh Chetwood Townsend (6B36)

Date of Birth: 22 Nov 1871
Date of Death: post 1941
Generation: 7th
Residence: Cordangan, Tipperary
Father: Horatio Hamilton Townsend [6B05]
Mother: Ware, Elizabeth
  1. Massy, Geraldine
  2. Smyth, Janet
    • Doctor Hugh Hamilton Massy [6B44]
See Also: Table VIB ; Lineage ; Ancestors' Tree ; Descendents' Tree

Notes for George Hugh Chetwood Townsend

George was born in Co Cork.

Married 1st. 7 June 1898 (1). Geraldine Massy (2) was the fourth daughter of William Massy (3 & 3a) of Cahervillahow (4) and Ballyglasheen, Co Tipperary. See Burke's Peerage - Massy B. Burke's Irish Family Records shows the marriage as 7 July 1898. Married 2nd 1941. Mrs Janet Smyth of Dublin, widow.

The entry in the April 1901 Irish Census for George is unusual in that he has signed the return but failed to include himself in the entries. Thus only his wife, Geraldine and his mother-in-law are shown as living at house 13 in Cordangan, Tipperary. The April 1911 Irish Census records George as a Land Agent aged 39 living at house 10 in Cordangan, with his wife, mother in law, three visitors and seven domestic staff. The house consisted of 18 rooms, a coach house, four stables and 29 other outbuildings.(5)

George was a member of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland as were his uncle William Chambers Townsend [6B11] and distant cousins Thomas Courtnay Townshend [5B02] and Charlotte Payne-Townshend [5D27]

'Guy's Postal Directory Co Cork 1914' shows "Townsend George, Park terrace, Cobh." This probably refers to a different 'Townsend' family.

George acted as best man at his cousin's wedding, Samuel Townsend [6B24].

The son, Hugh Hamilton, was by the first marriage.

(1) Entry in the diary of Agnes Townsend [334] - '7th June 1898 Mr George Townsend married to Miss Massey (Geraldine)'.

(2) Geraldine was born in 1873 and died in 1940.

(3) U.H. Hussey de Burgh's ‘Landowners of Ireland 1878' records "Massy, William; Bansha Castle, Tipperary. - Limerick 169 acres £62. Tipperary 992 acres £677." Probably the same man.

(3a) The entry for Massy in the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway Connacht and Munster Landed Estates Database records "Robert George Massy of Avondale, county Dublin, was a grandson of the 1st Baron Massy by his second wife Rebecca Dunlap. He married a Miss Sutton and had a son William. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Robert G. Massy held lands in the parishes of Kilfeakle and Relickmurry & Athassel, barony of Clanwilliam from Viscount Chabot."

(4) The entry for Cahervillahow in the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway Connacht and Munster Landed Estates Database records "A house built post Griffith's Valuation by the Massy family. Cahervillahowe was sold to Mr Harris in the early 20th century. It is now a stud."

(5) During the latter half of the 19th century twelve members of the Townsend family were land/estate agents – Robert Uniacke FitzGerald Townsend [531], William Tower Townshend [535], Thomas Courtenay Townshend [5B02], William Charles Townshend [5B05], James Richard Townshend [5B06], William Uniacke Townsend [5B01], Charles Eyre Coote Townshend [5B14], Charles Uniacke Townshend [5C00], Charles Loftus Uniacke Townshend [5C01], Thomas Loftus Uniacke Townshend [5C02], Horatio Hamilton Townsend [6B05], George Hugh Chetwood Townsend [6B36].